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Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476195 11/06/08 04:16 PM
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I removed my powerbooks expansion slot and i want to enlarge it a little so that an ipod touch fits through the slot. On the inside i want to put the ipod charger so when the ipod touch slides in it connects to the charger. Now, what would i have to do to connect the charger to the usb from inside the powerbook? Any ideas? confused

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Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476196 11/06/08 06:02 PM
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your going to have to find the usb connection on the board and solder the wire onto it. I would check out the itablet for information on how this was done with an ibook. It might be pretty similar for the powerbook board.

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476197 11/06/08 08:24 PM
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Its worth casting an eye over the board for unused pinholes. If you are lucky, there might be one labelled USB. Otherwise look for groups of four or five holes. If there are no unused ones, you might get away with soldering to the pins on one of your existing sockets. As long as you don't use it while the iPod is connected, it should remain perfectly serviceable as an external port.

Nice idea btw.

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476198 11/06/08 09:31 PM
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Thanks for the help guys...So what your tellin me is that i can solder the 4 ipod charger usb cables to the usb port?

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Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476199 11/06/08 11:24 PM
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i am interested in how you are going to slide the ipod in with out scraching it

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476200 11/07/08 01:45 AM
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sway, you might be able to find contacts on the inside of the system for that port...

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476201 11/07/08 03:19 PM
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Ok, so i went out and bought a soldering iron last night, went home and looked at the powerbook motherboard...WTF! After probably 30 minutes and not finding any pin holes i didnt know what to do...So i say f**k it and pulled the usb port contacts out from the inside and soldered the wires onto the pins, i had no idea if it was going to work, i never soldered anything before or even thought about touching a motherboard. Ok, so i took the ipod charger thats inside the powerbook now and pulled it out the expansion slot so i can test it when i put the top back on the powerbook. So i power it on and let it boot up, i pluged my ipod to the charger and WHOA! to my amazement, it worked! But now i have one less usb port, but it doesnt matter to me. Thanx alot for the help guys, now i have to enlarge the slot for the ipod to fit through. Any ideas on what tool to use to enlarge the slot a little bit?? Thanx!

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476202 11/07/08 03:44 PM
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The aluminum is very thin, I would just use a utility knife and a lot of patience.

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476203 11/07/08 10:01 PM
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yea, I am with mordasky here, but you might have a time with a knife, you might be better off using a file of some sort. A dremel is another option with a small head on it.

Re: Iwant to turnmy Powerbook expansion slot into ipodtouch slot [Re: Asyncgagssase] #476204 11/08/08 12:29 PM
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Yeah what can I say, I am a graphic artist, my answer to everything is an Xacto...

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